IELTS listening practice | English listening test

Hello everyone! This is Andrew from Crown Academy of English and today we are going to do a listening
exercise. So this will help you improve your listening skills. So let’s get started. So let’s just have a look at the plan for the lesson. So first of all, we will start with some vocabulary. So I will explain about three words to you. There are three words
which are important to know for this lesson… and then I will show you the questions. So you will be
able to read the questions before the listening exercise starts okay… and then I will play you the …. the text. I will… you will listen to the news report okay. So it is a news report that you’re going to hear.
So I will let you listen to it okay… and if necessary you can listen to it a second time. You will have the opportunity to rewind… to rewind the news report.. to listen to
it a second time if necessary. And then I will give you the answers to the
questions and then I will show you the transcript or the text. So you will be able to read
what you listen to okay. So do not worry. There will NOT be
any subtitles during the listening exercise okay because that would be cheating! But
do not worry, there will be captions… you will be able to see the text AFTER the exercise ok? So do not worry. There is..there are subtitles AFTER the listening exercise. Ok.. let’s carry on. So the vocabulary – The first word is “gig” Now this is a “gig” here. So a gig is a concert – a pop … usually a pop concert or a rock concert okay. So gig… you could for example say “Last night I went to the Michael Jackson gig.” or “to the Madonna gig” okay. So it is used for pop music or rock music. You would not say “gig” for classical music. If it was classical music, you would just say it was a concert. “truck” – ok, so what is a truck? Well this is a truck. Okay so it is a vehicle for transporting heavy goods. So… this is a truck here … now “truck” is British English and also American
English ok? But in British English, there is also another word for “truck”. So in British English, this is also called a “lorry” … ok? So British English this is a “truck” or a “lorry” but in American English it is only a “truck” …
they only really say “truck” for this. Okay next word… “audience” – So what is an audience? Well an “audience” is …. the word that we give to people who are watching a show or listening to a show. So for example, on this picture, the people in blue… the blue people… that is the “audience” Ok? So the show is the person in red – they are watching
a show and they are the “audience” They make up the “audience” And so, for example, if they went to the theatre, the audience would sit in these seats here…. okay so the audience is the word given to the people who are watching a show. Very important to note that the word “audience” is only ever singular… ok. It is NEVER a plural word. So you never say “audiences” okay. So although there are several people in the audience, the word itself… the word “audience” is only singular. Ok, so that is the end of the vocabulary. I am now going to
give you the questions. So these are the questions
that you must answer during the listening test. So the first question is: 1) How old is the singer ? So you have to give me the age of a singer. Question two: What did the singer say to the audience? Question three: Why was Harel disappointed? Harel is a person. Harel is a person … so… Question four: Complete the sentence. So you will hear a sentence and I want you to give me the last five words of the sentence. So, the beginning of the sentence you … you
will hear “In an interview with the BBC, Paul said ‘It was very exciting.’ …and then you will hear five words and I want you
to tell me what those five words are. Question 5: When did the singer surprise his fans in New York? And the last question. Question 6: Who had the idea for these surprises? Okay so that is the end of the questions. So you are now going to hear the the listening exercise okay? So get
ready…. I’m going to start it…. NOW! (END) Okay, so that is the end of the listening erm.. okay… so if you would like to listen to that again, then you can click here on the screen and it will go back and you can listen to it again. OR if you have finished, and you would like
to continue, you can just wait 10 seconds for the
answers and I’ll give you the answers in 10
seconds. So, click here to go back and listen again or just wait 10 seconds……. Ok, let’s go on and I will give you the
answers to the questions. So here are the questions. Question 1 – How
old is the singer? Well the singer he is 71. 71 years old. Question 2 – “What did the singer say to the
audience?” Well he said “Thank you very much. Okay now, back to
work!” Question 3 – “Why was Harel disappointed?” Well he was disappointed because the singer… because Paul
McCartney… he only sang four songs. And “Complete the words below. In an interview with the
BBC, Paul said ‘It was very exciting. It felt like a dream.’ “It felt like a dream.” Question 5 – “When did the singer surprise his fans in New York?” Last week. So he was in New York… he gave a surprise performance last week. And the last question… “Who had the idea for these surprises?” The answer is: His daughter. His daughter who is called Stella. Okay, so that is the end of the exercises. There are the
answers and I will now play you the listening exercise a last time and I will display the text on the screen for you
so that you can see the text on the screen. So here we go! Okay, so that is the end of the listening. So as you can see here in the second paragraph, it tells us that before the concert, he announced it on Twitter. So Twitter is a messaging service on the Internet. So I’m going to show you the message that he.. that Paul McCartney
wrote on Twitter: So here we are. This is the actual …. original message. So this is a true story! This happened last week. It happened on the 18th of October. You can see the date here. He wrote this on the 18th of October… so just last week. And so you if you go
to his Twitter account, @PaulMcCartney, you can see this
message there. So he wrote “I’m getting ready to pop up in Covent Garden at 1 pm today. Oh baby!” So “oh baby!” just means he’s very
excited! And this is an expression… to “pop up” … so “to pop up”, it means to appear … to appear. So this is very informal English … okay … so to “pop up” means to appear. I am preparing to appear in Covent Garden.” And.. Covent Garden is a
very famous square in the centre of London. Okay? So, there we go. That is the end of the
lesson. I hope you enjoyed it. If you would like
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click here on the screen… and here are 2 other videos which might interest you. So you can click on the screen here or here if you would like to see one of these other
videos. So this one is comparing the difference between the word “all” and “every” and this one is comparing the words “borrow” and “lend” because these words often cause confusion to people. So this is a lesson to explain when you
should use the word “borrow” and when you should use
the word “lend” Alright? And I have a new Twitter account so if you would like to follow me on Twitter, then here is my Twitter account. And I give little vocabulary lessons everyday. I give you some advice on learning
English. So on Twitter, I write probably 1 or 2
messages every day. Okay so that is the end of the lesson. I hope you
enjoyed it. Thank you very much for watching. This is Andrew from Crown Academy of
English. Bye bye and I will see you next time 🙂

100 Replies to “IELTS listening practice | English listening test”

  1. Did you add the word "sir" before paul mc cartney when reading the text? this lesson is very helpful, thank you. I have got 6/6, Im so excited, oh baby!

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  3. Hello Andrew, I am italian and I'm Emanuela, I discovered your channel and help me much with my tongue, because I followed the English lessons and to make the exam I'm preparing myself.
    Your videos are very useful

  4. I really want to thank you, Andrew because the listening ability is very hard for me, but with your videos I feel it is easy. How much time do you recommend to practice English listening a day? Thanks again 🙂

  5. I like the Crown Academic English very much because this lessons and pronunciations are very interesting and exciting to learn like a native english speakers…thanks lot Sir…….

  6. sir, your teaching is of very attractive quality, but the script is so small that , after watching the programme , I feel an eye strain . I would like to make a request to you to make the script larger and bolder in type .

  7. hello sir, i have a tiny request for you. i am really fluent in english but i want to learn the perfect british accent because im having a very american accent right now. and im looking forward to study medicine in UK so i really kinda need to learn the british accent.

  8. I loved this video 🙂 But it comes to me a little easier than normally ,ielts looks harder than this.Am i wrong?

  9. 6/6, thank you so much for all of the useful lesson that you have taught me, my lecturer always recommended me your channel and now you've earned 1 more subscriber.

  10. Hello Andrew,

    Excuse me but, to my mind, in your example "the audience" is in blue and the " singer" is in red, isn't it????
    But it doesn't matter!!! I appreciate the way, you teach English to us.
    Thanks for your sense of pedagogy!!!!
    Best regardsssss…..ssss,


  11. Fantastic, Andrew!!!
    I enjoy because I understood each word and the entire text, consequently,I passed the test!!!
    Thank you very much for this kind of videos: very, very useful!!!!
    In UK, do you have some news about Robbie Williams?
    Because, nothing in France and I like his songs and his way of playing with the cameras (…)To my mind, it is typically anglo-saxon and not latin (French, Spanish or Italian) at all.

    Best regards,


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